Suffering from "Portion Distortion"

Saturday, September 17, 2011

This is my third blog entry today. This was not my intention but I had to write this one. I have realized that I am truly suffering from "Portion Distortion". My planned lunch today was banana-nut cheerios (1cup), soy milk (1cup) and a banana. When I went to open the box of cereal and saw there was only a corner left. I said to myself "this isn't going to be enough" and without thinking twice pulled down the box of multi-grain cheerios to attempt to supplement my meager portion. Then I paused. Subhan'Allah, I paused. I took the measuring cup and poured in what I thought was my too small portion of cheerios and to my surprise, IT WAS EXACTLY 1cup!

This was not an 'ah ha' moment for me. I still thought it wasn't going to be enough. But given my recent failure in attempting to eyeball a perfect portion I proceeded with the milk. With both in the bowl, wouldn't you believe it, I was still skeptical of whether I was going to reach my satiety level. Then I remembered, I had a fruit allocated for my lunch allowance. So I added my sliced banana and saw that my bowl was filled to the brim. Go figure. And, I have to say...I AM FULL for just over 300 calories.

I wrote in an earlier blog entry, several days ago that I wasn't sure if my bulging waistline was a result of what I was eating or how much. I think now I have some insight into my answer.
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    Thank everyone for all the encouragement. I think this is why people are successful here. You get to share your story and people who share your struggles offer great advice. Thank you guys! emoticon

    I just spoke with my mother-in-law about getting a kitchen scale. Does anyone know of a particular brand that is inexpensive and accurate?
    3081 days ago
    need some practice and you can do it
    3081 days ago
  • FARMGIRL0182
    I know how you feel! I'm sure it never helped in the past that my normal bowls are HUGE! Now I've switched, and use much smaller bowl, and I use my kitchen scale ALL the time. I've started weighing a lot of my food in grams because it's pretty much always on the food item, ends up being easier for me =)
    3081 days ago
    Unfortunately, we weren't taught to measure food as children, or what healthy portions are. To top it off, plates and servings in restaurants are getting bigger! It's no wonder a "real" portion looks too small.

    I think now you've had you 'aha' moment. emoticon
    3082 days ago
    my problem is not so much portion distortion but the stopping at only one portion,lol.guess we both know what we have to work on ,.inshallah allah will help guide us both.
    3082 days ago
    Good job. Keeping portions right is a full time job.

    I weigh or measure's the only way I can keep my estimated calories close to actual calories

    good luck!
    3082 days ago
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